How to make cold brew coffee
What is Cold Brew Coffee
Cold brew coffee is a type of coffee that is made by steeping ground coffee beans in cold water for an extended period of time. Compared to traditional hot brewed coffee, cold brew typically has a smoother flavour and lower acidity. This makes it a popular choice for those who prefer a milder cup of coffee once diluted with water.
According to some sources, the first evidence of cold brew coffee
comes from Japan during in the 13th Century. However, other records point that cold brew coffee may have originated from the traveling Dutch traders who used it
during their cruises for a way to preserve coffee.
In the early twentieth century, iced coffee began to become popular in the United States. This was likely due to the rise of soda fountains and the popularity of iced tea. In the 1970s, cold brew coffee began to be produced commercially. However, it was not very popular and was only sold in a few specialty stores. However, in the 1990s, there was a renewed interest in cold brew coffee and today, cold brew coffee is more popular than ever. Thanks to its popularity, cold brew coffee is no longer just a summertime treat; it can be enjoyed year-round.
The most important component for achieving high quality cold brew is the
coffee beans you use so they need to be carefully chosen.
The coffee beans are ground to the point they reach a texture similar to
cornmeal or breadcrumbs. Then, coffee beans are left in water to steep for about 12-24 hours. Don't leave it more than 24hrs or its starts to become bitter. The amount of time you leave the coffee to steep depends according to taste. This process leads to a concentrated coffee essence which is is then diluted with water and served cold.
A few facts
- Cold brew can be very strong and high in caffeine and is not recommended to be drunk straight away, without dilution.
- Cold brew coffee and iced coffee are not the same thing. Iced coffee is brewed hot and served cold, while cold brew coffee is brewed cold and their taste is quite different.
- It has 67% less acidity than hot brewed coffee.
- Cold brew coffee is more mellow and sweet with rich velvety taste and has nice fruity and floral aromas.
- Cold brew lasts up to 10 days when refrigerated but it is recommended to be consumed within 7 days.
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